Month: May 2013

Jessica Remitz, Pet360 As you head into the garden to plant some bulbs or clip some fresh flowers, it’s important to keep in mind some plants and fertilizers can be toxic to your pet in the springtime. We’ve asked Justine Lee, the associate director of Pet Poison Helpline to share some details on potentially poisonous…

By Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC When it comes to caring for your dog or cat, prevention is the best medicine. So, how do we prevent accidents and emergencies from happening in the first place? Simple steps of prevention like: Keeping your dog on a leash or under strict verbal control (to prevent being hit…

By Katie Cook and Dr. Justine Lee, Pet Poison Helpline If you live on the East coast (between New York and Georgia), get ready for the 2013 swarm of Brood II cicadas (Magicicada septendecim). These hardy insects will begin their cyclic activities in late May and early June before hiding out for another 17 years….

It’s spring and many pet owners are itching to spend quality time outdoors with their pets. While run-ins with poisonous creatures can be infrequent, pets are curious and it’s not uncommon for them to investigate other living things that move. These “interrogations” can quickly escalate into deadly situations when dealing with a creature that protects…

Some toxins are specific to cats, dogs, horses, and ruminants. We’ll break down these eight for you in an easy-to-remember list. By: Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, Adrienne C. Bautista, DVM Pet Poison Helpline 1. Xylitol is a threat to dogs. Xylitol is a natural sugar-alcohol normally found in small amounts in many fruits and…